Compare the “typical American” understanding of certain political concepts with how you believe the Lost Boys understand those same concepts, and support your arguments with outside research
People view politics and judge certain political concepts from various perspectives. Certain political concepts are understood differently by different people depending on their origin, political background, and social-economic background. Such understanding could be completely different from the understanding of the same concepts by people living within the region where such political concepts are applied .This paper is based on comparing an understanding of certain political concepts it could be seen in the “typical American” compared to the Lost Boys of Sudan. The paper shows how typical Americans perceive or understand political concepts in comparison to understanding of the same concepts by the Lost Boys. The political concepts considered in this case include the purpose of the government, the human nature, freedom, America, and education. The two groups depict significant differences in the understanding these political concepts. Each of the five concepts selected for this paper are compared in detail and separately.
Purpose of the Government
I believe that the purpose of the government as seen in the Lost Boys is its obligation to satisfy all their needs politically, socially, and economically despite their origin. The Lost Boys of Sudan involve a group of boys allowed by the United States government to settle in the country as refugees. Their understanding of the government could be that the United States government has an obligation of taking care of all people needs despite their nationalities. They may have the belief that the government has to protect them and accept them for whom they are. This aspect and view/understanding about the US government have made the Lost Boys spread into many US cities (Corbett).
The ‘typical’ American perspective of the purpose of the government is that as long as the government has to take full responsibility, every Sudanese refugee in the United States has a role to play for the government to be able to promote benefits to the entire community (Walton). In contrast to their views and understanding about the US government, the Lost Boys were only received for refuge an aspect that was done at great risks given that African could be a home to many terrorists (Abadie). The purpose of the government is not serving the international community but is to serve its people. One main objective is ensuring security, which could have been endangered by the Lost Boys (American Documentary, Inc.). The government only allowed the refuge due to the trust it has to the programs hosting the Lost Boys such as Catholic Charities, the International Rescue Committee, Lutheran Social Services, and World Relief. The Lost Boys should not mistake this refuge for the purpose of the government as political obligation. The reason behind this view is that the US government also risks its security strategies and obligations by hosting refugees.
I believe that human nature is understood by the Lost Boys as involving life uncertainties or fate in life. This aspect of life would then have much control of their future and success. The Lost Boys could view or understand human nature as being related to the fates of life. To the Lost Boys, it hardly matters where they are moving to or whenever they have come from. Human nature according to them could be the uncertainties in life and that people need to be ready to accept the fate behind their lives (Gryph).
The ‘typical’ American perspective of human nature is that it involves distinguishing traits or characteristics such as people’s way of thinking, the way people feel, the way they act, and react. Human nature is natural and can hardly be influenced by aspects of culture. The key issue in human nature involves the nature of such characteristics, their causes, and the way human nature is fixed. In contrary to their views or understanding of human nature, this political concept has some critical implications on people’s ethics, their political lives, and on theology (Corbett). Human nature should be a source of social norms and people’s way of life. Unlike their understand which could have the view that their lives are controlled by the forces of nature, the norms generated through human nature can be used as a guide to people’s way of life. People’s lives are therefore based on their ways of life and people can ensure full control of their future and destinations in life.
I strongly believe that the Lost Boys see freedom as a basis of doing whatever pleases an individual. Freedom to the Lost Boys could involve anything to do with free will and without destruction from their actions, thoughts, or decisions. Their understanding of freedom hardly considers anything to do with other people’s feelings towards their actions or the implications of certain actions to their live. They have the feeling that the authorities have nothing to do with controlling their actions or behaviors irrespective of whether such actions are harmful to the society or not. They are more likely to resist from any limitations of their freedoms than the typical American. They also view this concept as giving them adequate power over their parents’ control or decisions on their lives (WordPress.com).
The ‘typical’ American perspective of freedom is the believe that freedom has to do with free will, unrestricted communication and expression, exercising of one’s rights, and other related actions. Such freedom is limited to the interference of other people’s life or any harm to personal life. An instance could be the case of drug abuse or committing suicide, where exercise of freedom is not provided even by the constitution. A parent can therefore restrict his or her child from exercising some freedom that could negatively affect the child’s future of life. Freedom is an important feature of a democratic society like the United States. In contrast to their perception and understanding of freedom, all people have freedom from oppression and the freedom from other conditions that could disable an individual from the fulfillment of some enabling conditions. Normally, freedom involves exercising one’s thoughts, power, abilities, and communication without political or judicial influence. Such freedom should be limited to the influence of other individuals in the society (Abadie). There should be no external constraints to one’s freedom as long as such freedom is not within the lawful limitations.
I believe that, to the Lost Boys, America could be a solution to their social, political, and economic problems. To the Lost Boys, American could be depicted as a source of fortunate life and brighter future. I greatly agree with this view since the United States government has been working as much as possible to help various global communities around the globe through various ways. Some of the major ways include provision of war resolutions, provision of economic aid, and promotion of global health. Unlike their former economic activities of rearing cattle, the Lost Boys could perceive America as a developed country where they could easily earn their living, become rich easily, and have better living standards with little or no efforts (American Documentary, Inc.).
The ‘typical’ American understanding of America (The United States) is a developed country hosting a facet of almost all races and tribes of the world. America has a political motive of helping the world and especially those who are suffering due to various economic, social, and political issues. America contrary to the view and understanding of American as a source of easy life is that people have to work hard to survive just like in any other region of the world. Typical Americans have the view and understanding of their country as requiring people to work hard for better lives. Unlike in the developing countries, Americans work hard due to various factors that could largely be related to the American dream. Some people could even have more than one job in order to survive (Cohen). The Lost Boys have a major role to play in order to have better lives. Their dreams would only come true through hard work.
I believe that the Lost Boys view education as a non-significant aspect of their economic or social basis of development as long as they have found refuge and better life in the United States. This is due to their former lifestyles in Southern Sudan. Contrary to this perspective, education is a personal tool of promoting individual development both economically and socially. Again based on my understanding, education is a tool for national development and economic growth. Through education, people are in a better position to act in unison in promoting social and economic development (EssayForum.com). Personal development is only aided by the country’s development, which is enhanced by rich education.
The ‘typical’ American perspective of education is that education is a major tool for social, political, and economic development. Education gives and individual more and better opportunities to choose from but the less educated are only limited to fewer economic choices in life. This does not only apply in the United States but in all other countries of the world. The Lost Boys have nothing strong as far as believing in the power of education is concerned. This could be based on their former lifestyles back in their home country where nomadic and farming lifestyle was their major source of income. They could have the perception that they could live happily and successfully without meaningful education in the United States as long as they can easily communicate in English (American Documentary, Inc.). Some could aim for low education-demanding jobs such as military service. Education not only makes life easier but it is beneficial in other ways such as making life decisions easier, broadening job opportunities, and assisting in the realization of potential talents among individuals (EssayForum.com). Given that every person is talented and gifted differently, education can play a big role is cultivating and exploiting such talents and gifts. Americans are very educated and they believe in education as a knowledge base for building and nurturing skills. Such skills are then used sold problems from an individual level to more collaborative way.
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